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April 1, 2020, 3:27 p.m. EDT

Trump to meet with CEOs of oil companies over helping the industry

The meeting will include leaders of Exxon Mobil Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and Continental Resources

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By Christopher M. Matthews and Timothy Puko


Tony Dejak
Oil started the year above $60 and has plunged on expectations.

President Trump is set to meet Friday with the heads of some of the largest U.S. oil companies to discuss government measures to help the industry weather an unprecedented oil crash, people familiar with the matter said.

The meeting is to take place at the White House and will include Exxon Mobil Corp. /zigman2/quotes/204455864/composite XOM +0.09%   Chief Executive Darren Woods, Chevron Corp. /zigman2/quotes/205871374/composite CVX -1.91%   Chief Executive Mike Wirth, Occidental Petroleum Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207018272/composite OXY -0.84%   Chief Executive Vicki Hollub and Harold Hamm, executive chairman of Continental Resources Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200740136/composite CLR +1.15%  , the people said.

The U.S. oil and gas industry has been pummeled recently by the dual shock of plummeting oil demand because of the coronavirus pandemic and surging supply as Russia and Saudi Arabia are locked in a price war and flood the market with crude.

Oil prices plunged this week to just above $20 a barrel, the lowest level in nearly two decades.

An expanded version of this story appears on WSJ.com

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